Gionee has lately been doing a lot of excellent launches, and one of the best that have got to have a hands-on, is the Gionee Elife E5, a quad-core device that comes with the 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display and running the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Read below for the detailed review of the Elife E5, which is priced pretty decently when you check the specs, and the performance of the device.
Gionee Elife E5 Review
Design, Display & Form Factor
Finally, we get to see a slim and totally sleek looking device, from a brand which really doesn’t hold any supremacy in the Android market. The neat design, the coloring which Nokia does with the Lumia devices, and the thickness of just 6.85mm makes it very sleek and easy to hold comfortably although the 4.8 inch of screen size. Interestingly, the power and volume rocker keys are not on the right panel, but on the left side which makes it even more comfortable.
There’s a thick bezel around the display, and on the top the front camera lies on the right of the earpiece. The touch sensitive buttons on the bottom shine quite bright when the screen is active. On the top, there’s the 3.5mm headset jack, and the MicroUSB port is on the right panel, just adjacent to the pocket for the Micro SIM.
The back panel is too neat, with the camera lens hump and the LED flash on the top, while the speaker grill on the bottom left side, and the smooth Gionee logo in the center which just an engraved text, making it look all good. The display is a HD one, with the 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution which keeps the pixel density at 306 PPI which is quite neat, giving some sharp and vibrant coloring. The Super AMOLED explains it more about the colors.
Will the Gionee Elife E5 take a blow or survive a fall? I highly doubt so, though I haven’t tested it but the way it looks, the cracking of the screen and the denting of the corners is quite possible with a shoulder-height fall.
Interface, Internal Powering, Storage and Battery
The processor that is included is the MT6589T (Turbo) one which is upgraded from the MT6589 earlier, and now the speed is increased from 1.2 GHz to the 1.5 GHz, making it quite fast and good at performance. Try to multitask by shifting between the different apps, and actually, try to access a few heavy apps and the phone does them with good ease. Although all’s good with the processor, the RAM should have been more than 1GB, which restricts the multitasking and using some heavy apps together, and the device due to this starts to lag a bit.
The Android 4.2.1 is beautifully modified to look neat and the interface doesn’t have anything that would slow down the performance. The home screens look like one of the launchers which shows animations while shifting between one another, while the notification panel and the shortcuts to the settings is pretty much the same to the stock Jelly Bean ROM.
The file manager is very neat in looks, with the categorization based on the folders and based on the different file types, i.e. photos, music, videos, documents etc. The Battery notifier and optimizer through the notification panel gives you an idea about the battery usage. The settings icon from the notification panel gives most of the connectivity shortcuts and profile etc.
The app lists have some different icons than the stock ROM and these look very neat on the transparent background, and several in them are organized under the folders – Tools, Other apps. These have got some excellent productivity apps that would come to good use in the long run. The storage included internally is 16 GB, from which the System capacity given is 5.44 GB, while the phone capacity is 10.56 GB.
The interface overall is a very neat looking one, and you get some good usage speed, with no lags when you are switching between the apps frequently. The smartphone takes it easy when you are playing some heavy graphic games such as Asphalt 7.
Although we didn’t get to test the battery on full charge, the way it was getting drained, you won’t get some long hours of usage with the 2000 mAh battery included in the Elife E5, but the management apps do keep it good and disable the apps and functions on low battery.
Camera: Photo & Video Capturing
The 8-megapixel camera of the Gionee Elife E5 does a good job of capturing the photos on bright light, and its very much comparable to the one captured by the 8 MP camera of the Galaxy Mega 5.8 from Samsung, which is known to have a neat capture quality. The capture went real bad when you try to zoom in, but the Macro photos with the object near to the lens did a good detailing, though in the end if you compare it with that of the Galaxy Mega, it’s not the better one.
One of the appreciable things in the camera aspect of the Elife E5, is the 5-megapixel front camera which does a real good capturing and assists in video recording with an awesome quality picture on the video calling, compared to the several high-end devices too which have no more than 2-MP cameras usually.
We’ll share the video recorded with the camera very soon, with the recording quality being very decent with a sharp detailing of the focused area.
To include some other user-based concerns, the call quality was brilliant, both through the earpiece and also with the loudspeaker. To talk about the general usage, we’ll compare this with the several other Indian brands which have got devices with the similar pricing, e.g. the Micromax Canvas 4, and the Elife E5 from Gionee priced at Rs. 18000 is a real better device with the actual performance one would expect, and the design making it a still better one with the thickness of just 6.5mm and the sleek design with no extras that would make it uglier.
The battery of 2000 mAh might still look a bit low but you will need to optimize it well, taking advantage of the apps given. Another device that comes in the same price range is the Samsung Galaxy Grand, which has received some criticism lately for the glitches and bugs, but we haven’t reported any such issues with the Elife E5.